FTA: Logistics can help boost NI economy

Written by Ellie

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is planning to write to new Northern Ireland (NI) infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard and highlight the crucial role the logistics sector can play in enhancing the nation's economy.

The move follows an amalgamation of responsibilities relating to the NI transport sector under the Department for Infrastructure, with the body taking on responsibility for road safety, operator licensing, roadside enforcement, vehicle testing and driver licensing, as well as the management of national road infrastructure, sustainability and public transport.

It comes after the closure of the Department of Environment and Department for Regional Development in NI.

Seamus Leheny, FTA policy and membership manager for NI, said: "FTA is pleased that all the transport-related departments in NI are now under the one department and minister, meaning greater coherence between everything transport-related in local government."

The letter will aim to highlight two areas that the FTA views as key public priorities:

  • Protecting compliant commercial goods vehicle operators and improving road safety through targeted and consistent enforcement.
  • Prioritising improvements for upgrades to the A6 Belfast to Londonderry road and the York Street Interchange in Belfast.

By focusing discussion on these key matters, it is hoped the FTA can provide insight into how the national logistics sector can help to enhance economic output across the country in the years ahead.

Posted on 27th May 2016

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